A great smile can really make a statement and leave a positive mark on the people you meet. Most of the time, having a great smile is easy: it just takes a little daily care (brushing and flossing) and regular visits to the dentist. If you try to stay away from sugary sweets and treats, too, it can really help.
Sometimes, though, a captivating smile can come at a price. While you may only see your dentist a couple times a year, if you need a special procedure or surgery—and you don’t have insurance—you could find yourself paying quite the pretty penny.
According to the American Dental Association, American spending on dental care doubled to $111 billion between 1998 and 2012. As such, here is what you might expect to pay for a Des Cedres Dental Clinic surgical dentistry procedure.
- IMPLANT SERVICES
Cost of treatment: $600 to $2100
When you chip a tooth—or if you get one knocked out, entirely—and you are not able to reattach it surgically you will probably end up with an implant. A dental implant attaches various anchors, supports, and other prosthesis in the mouth.
- SINGLE RESTORATION AND CROWNS
Cost of treatment: between $285 and $1026
Cavities are common. Most people will probably get at least one at some point in their lives; and its usually during childhood. When you get a cavity, the dentist will clean the infection and then seal it with a filling or perhaps a crown to prevent more damage.
- ROOT CANAL
Cost of treatment: between $650 and $920
You might be able to salvage an infected tooth with a root canal. This is an endodontic treatment that can vary in price, depending on the size of the tooth and where it is located in your mouth.
- ORAL and MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
Cost of treatment: between $100 and $700
This “category” includes pretty much everything outside of a standard cleaning, but is not “serious” enough to have its own specific name.
- A COMPREHENSIVE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
Cost of treatment: Starts at $4,750
It might seem, at first, that braces are only for cosmetic purposes but the reality is that straightening your teeth, and closing the gaps, actually has health benefits too. In fact, this one of the very few “cosmetic” procedures that health insurers actually pay for (because braces can provide health benefits).